Halloween Cookies {Butter/Sugar Cookie Recipe}


I have SO much to share with you guys this week……..hope you don’t get sick of hearing from me! haha

First up……….I made cookies last week!! Halloween Cookies!  I realized I had not made cookies since Father’s Day.

Halloween Vanilla Almond Butter Cookies

I had a family that I wanted to send a thank you to…….and what better way than with cookies!! (I’ll explain all of that in another post!)

I’ve always used Royal Icing on my cookies.  But, after I saw Shelly’s video tutorial Covering a Cookie with Fondant on University of Cookie, I knew I wanted to try that!

I have to tell you………I LOVED how easy it was and how pretty it made my cookies look!!

I still like the taste of Royal Icing better, but it’s nice to have this option for something quick.

I covered some in fondant and others in royal icing.

Can you tell which ones are covered in fondant?

I’ve also tweaked my butter cookie recipe a bit, here’s what I’m currently using:

Vanilla Almond Butter Sugar Cookies

Yield: 30-35 large cookies or 60 smaller cookies

Vanilla Almond Butter Sugar Cookies


  • 6 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Cup butter (NOT margarine – I use salted butter)
  • 1-1/2 Cup C&H sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract


  1. Combine flour, backing powder and salt and set aside.
  2. Cream sugar and butter, then add eggs and extracts.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  4. Roll out and cut (see my video tutorial for Rolling Cookie Dough)
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 10-12 mins
  6. Decorate with royal icing or fondant.


*Cookie tips:

I used Satin Ice Rolled Fondant – White – Vanilla

Cookie cutters from Sweet Baking Supply, and some I had

I recently started using CK Meringue Powder for my Royal Icing and I’m getting much better results.

Best result with Americolor Solft Gel Food Paste for coloring

I couldn’t BELIEVE how much easier all this was with my Kitchenaid Mixer that I got with my Swagbucks!

Find TONS of GREAT tips at University of Cookie and Bake at 350

*some of those are affiliate links, but they are all items I do use.


Do you bake Halloween cookies?

you may also enjoy my

Christmas Cookies

Valentines Day Cookies

Easter Cookies

Father’s Day Cookies

Smiley Face Cookies

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

81 Responses to “Halloween Cookies {Butter/Sugar Cookie Recipe}”

  1. Our Nifty Notebook posted on October 11, 2010 at 11:09 am (#)

    Those turned out so cute!

  2. Homemade Brownies posted on October 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm (#)

    Great looking cookies. Can’t tell which ones are royal icing or fondant, though…

    • TidyMom replied on October 11th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      The ghosts, bats and Boo “flower” are fondant with a little royal icing for
      details…..the candy corn and spider webs are all royal icing.

  3. heidi@thecraftmonkey posted on October 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm (#)

    those look soooo good! I think the ghost is fondant, but that’s the only one I’ll even take a guess at! haha! I love the candy corn ones & the spider webs, those are awesome!!! How many cookies does this recipe make?

    • TidyMom replied on October 11th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      The ghosts, bats and Boo “flower” are fondant with a little royal icing for
      details…..the candy corn and spider webs are all royal icing.

      Up in my post right under the recipe title I have that it yields approx 30-35 large cookies or 60
      smaller cookies

  4. Samantha@yearofhomeandhealth posted on October 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm (#)

    Those cookies look almost too pretty to eat!

  5. Elizabeth posted on October 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm (#)

    Those cookies are GORGEOUS! And thanks for sharing your cookie recipe with us. :)

  6. Paula posted on October 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm (#)

    Your spiderwebs are perfect and your smiling candy corns with eyes are the cutest. Super job on the decorating Cheryl.

  7. Infarrantly Creative posted on October 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm (#)

    Those are gorgeous Cheryl. I am so envious to people who can make gorgeous cookies. I can gorgeously eat them and that is about it.

  8. Kathia posted on October 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm (#)

    Great cookies. I love working with fondant, is way easier than royal icing and piping. Awesome job!

  9. Rachel posted on October 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm (#)

    beautiful, Cheryl!
    I love that sugar cookie recipe! It’s my favorite!

    I cannot believe you got your KitchenAid with your Swagbucks! I am officially impressed!

  10. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm (#)

    I LOVE these cookies!!! I’m going to try some more fondant. I forget about it, but yours are so cute, I know I’ll remember now! :)

  11. Amanda posted on October 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm (#)

    YOu rocked them girl!!! Way to go!! I love your layout and designs!!!


  12. Paula posted on October 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm (#)

    I tried to make royal icing once…didn’t look like that, haha! WOW those are impressive!!!

  13. Eileen posted on October 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm (#)

    Such colorful cookies. I love them! I’m a big Halloween fan too.

  14. shelly (cookies and cups) posted on October 12, 2010 at 5:45 am (#)

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Your making me want to break out my Halloween cutters :)

  15. Robyn posted on October 12, 2010 at 8:59 am (#)

    Cheryl – these are adorable!!! You my friend, are uber talented!!!

  16. Amber posted on October 12, 2010 at 9:19 am (#)

    Wow, Cheryl! Those are so beautiful! I will never have the patience, but I truly admire what you’ve done here.

  17. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts posted on October 12, 2010 at 10:19 am (#)

    These are so adorable, Cheryl!! Really beautiful. You rock!!

  18. Lesa McMahon posted on October 12, 2010 at 10:32 am (#)

    So cute!!!

  19. Jerri posted on October 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm (#)

    Cheryl, these look wonderful! I must check out that tutorial!

    I’m celebrating my 3 year blogiversary this week. I’d love for you to come by and enter my follower giveaway. The prize pack includes a Presto Cool Touch Griddle!

  20. teresa posted on October 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm (#)

    Oh Cheryl!
    I could eat every one of those adorable cookies!
    I mean they are too cute!
    And who would have thought FONDANT would be EASY!
    Too cute!
    And I KNOW the family loved them!
    And you have got it going on with that TIP section!
    Love it Girlie!

  21. Sue posted on October 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm (#)

    The recipe sounds great and the cookies are darling! The candy corn is my favorite:)

  22. this blessed nest posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm (#)

    you make it look so easy. i envy your steady hand to decorate those cookies. you have some serious skill, my friend. i’m anxious to try your recipe for christmas cookies!

    i totally think the spider web & the bat count as a silhouette, btw! 😉

    thanks for linking to the silhouette party & for your tweets.

    have a super weekend!

  23. this blessed nest posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm (#)

    i meant to ask – did you find a sponsor for blissdom?

    i know it’s months away, but all this talk about it since the tickets go on sale for us first timers has got me so excited! i would love to meet you in person & give you a big hug!

    hope it happens for both of us!


  24. Kathryn posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm (#)

    What a fun treat! That would be the perfect entry for our Halloween Recipe Contest! You can read all about it here. I hope you decide to enter it!

  25. Lisa posted on October 16, 2010 at 9:47 am (#)

    Those cookies are amazingly beautiful. They all look so professional.

  26. Stephanie Lynn posted on October 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm (#)

    These look simply fabulous! I love the spider webs – too cute! Satin Ice Fondant is the best! Fantastic job – Love them! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  27. Melanie posted on October 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm (#)

    These Halloween cookies look like they came out of a magazine! How lovely!

  28. Mel Schoenhut posted on October 25, 2010 at 4:11 am (#)

    Those are so cute. I should try this one first to make it perfect for Halloween. LOl. My kids will surely love these cookies especially the web spider cookies.

  29. Rose Plated posted on November 3, 2010 at 10:30 am (#)

    I tried those cookies this Halloween and it is really so delicious. Most of the kids on our neighborhood keep on getting back to our house just to ask for their Halloween cookie treats. Thanks for sharing these cookies.

  30. Judy posted on November 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm (#)

    Nice decorating job! I bet they’re delicious too.

  31. Alicia's Homemaking posted on December 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm (#)

    I’m assuming it would be fine to use regular sugar for the cookies? I don’t have any cane sugar on hand…

  32. Megann posted on August 30, 2012 at 2:26 am (#)

    I was hoping you could tell me where you sourced your cookie cutters from? Are they available online??? I live in Australia & would love a set to create some beautiful looking cookies, such as yours, this Halloween. Meg.

  33. Lindy@ Itsy Bitsy Paper posted on October 13, 2012 at 7:27 am (#)

    These turned out great! I think that recipe sounds amazing!!! I hope you will stop by and link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven’t already.

  34. Debbie posted on October 13, 2012 at 7:33 am (#)

    Holy cow…those are beautiful! Pinning this! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Donna I. posted on October 25, 2012 at 10:03 am (#)

    Love this recipe!

  36. Lynn posted on February 16, 2013 at 6:41 am (#)

    I was looking online for fondant topped cookies and found your website. I absolutely love your tutorial on rolling cookie dough and then chilling it. I despise making cut out cookies, but with your tutorial has changed my mind. I have now made them twice and they were gobbled up so quickly.

  37. Teresa Thompson posted on October 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm (#)

    I will have to try these. I have a different recipe that I have used for years. Always wanting to find different ones to try. Thanks for sharing. And the icing tips as well. I use a glaze but need something different to use for different reasons. Thanks again

  38. Rachel posted on October 28, 2015 at 7:19 am (#)

    Just wondering when you added the 4T of milk into the batter that is listed in the recipe ingredients?



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